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Wider Horizons Service

Wider Horizons for You and Yours. Those with good memories and a long association with WHYY may recognize WHYY's call letters as an acronym. Today, Wider Horizons is an innovative multimedia service that blends TV, radio, the Web and community partnerships to help people think creatively about later life and to navigate life transitions and the challenges of healthcare and caregiving.

The Wider Horizons service is designed for baby boomers planning their retirement or a new career; retirees; children of aging parents; people who are homebound; and everyone interested in living a satisfying life enriched by intellectual stimulation, lifelong learning and a continuing connection to the people, places and things they love.

This past fiscal year, WHYY's Wider Horizons Service continued to realize its goals through:

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Wider Horizons was recognized through national and regional awards for its programming and collaborative work with its Caring Community coalition:

  • WHYY's Circle of Love: Living with Alzheimer's TV documentary, produced last fiscal year, received five regional and national awards for excellence, including the prestigious Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Television Documentary.

  • The National Center for Outreach awarded its 2005 Community Partnership Award to WHYY and its Caring Community for their sustainable and outstanding partnership, whose collaborative contributions and efforts exceed goals and expectations that impact the community.

  • The National Friends of Public Broadcasting awarded Caring Community its 2005 Community Development Award.

  • The National Respite Conference and The New Jersey Conference on Caregiving honored WHYY with their Wellness and Family Support Caregiver Awareness Award for programming and outreach that has increased the awareness of caregivers and their experiences.

As we move forward, Wider Horizons will expand its focus to quality of healthcare. WHYY and Caring Community were awarded a second round Sound Partners for Community Health grant by the Benton Foundation, funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to explore the role of the arts and humanities in improving communication between patient, family and healthcare team through Circle of Care. Next spring, Wider Horizons will host community discussions around the national PBS series Remaking American Medicine.

WHYY and its Coming of Age partners will also launch a new Web site to connect baby boomers and retirees with civic engagement opportunities, and Wider Horizons will continue to pilot customized TV services at adult communities in the region.

For more information:

Circle of Love: Living with Alzheimer's »

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